The Border

Here’s a link to an outstanding article — especially by media standards — regarding the interrelated topics of immigration reform, border control, the war on terror, public policies, labor economics and partisan politics.

As they say, read the whole thing. The entire article is a fountain of information and is food for thought.

The key quote:

When you look at the series of events that have happened over the last five, six years … our mission changed,’ said Victor Manjarrez, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector. ‘Our primary mission changed from our traditional focus [of preventing economic migrants from illegally crossing the border]. Our primary mission now is terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. That’s what we should be focused on. We can’t focus on that as much as we would like because of all the other [border-related] issues that we deal with.’

Morals of the story:

1. Cracking down on employers of illegals and building better fences certainly are necessary and appropriate measures; but they’re not panaceas. We need comprehensive and legislated immigration reforms.

2. Public policy is not a zero-sum game. By the same token, however, politics is about compromise. There’s no such thing as getting 100% of what you want.

3. Conservative talk radio is a thick and detached cocoon. If the above-linked article doesn’t convince you of that fact, well, ask Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter.

4. Pluralistic Republics are not fertile grounds for single-issue politics.

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